Breeding Agronomist, ND area
BAYER - North Dakota

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Bayer CropScience (BCS) is one of the world†s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. With our headquarters in Monheim, Germany, Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 17,900, and is represented in more than 120 countries. BCS is structured into six Business Operations units: four regional crop protection units and two units responsible for Environmental Science and BioScience † offering an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture as well as for non-agricultural applications. Rice/Canola Seed Business We offer a wide variety of competitive compensation and benefit programs. In addition to a competitive base salary, you will be eligible for an array of innovative rewards and recognition programs, variable pay and incentive opportunities as well as benefits coverage beginning on your first day of employment. We are committed to helping our employees maintain a healthy balance between their responsibilities at work and home. You will be eligible for paid time off programs, paid company holidays, flexible work options and numerous site conveniences. We are also committed to supporting your professional development through career ladders, training programs, tuition assistance and professional association events.

If you meet the requirements of this unique opportunity, we encourage you to explore how you can make a difference at Bayer by applying now.

To all recruitment agencies: Bayer does not accept unsolicited third party resumes. The primary responsibility of this role is to develop trial protocols as well as establish and maintain nurseries, production, and breeding trials for the purpose of evaluation, statistical analysis and selection with the goal of developing hybrids that provide the highest return to growers. The position will be located in the Grand Forks / Fargo, ND area.

The incumbent will:
  • Conduct and manage field trials ensuring high quality standards are maintained with the goal of producing seed and data for local and global breeding programs through trial and location planning, creating field trial protocols, field plans, randomizations and field books, management and agronomy of in season seed to harvesting activities, accurate recordkeeping and labeling, and statistical analysis of agronomic and quality data for trial reports.
  • Perform and coordinate seed logistics activities to ensure accurate movement, tracking, and recordkeeping of seed within the breeding program by maintaining the Accession Book and Seed Stock, performing and coordinating seed set up activities, maintaining records in seed inventory computers, and tracking inter and intra company seed requests.
  • Maintain germplasm to ensure an accurate supply of core germplasm through germination and viability records and maintaining shadow collection of all core germplasm entries in collaboration with the greenhouse as well as coordinating with the breeders to identify and obtain new germplasm to incorporate into the program.
  • Prepare breeding material and participate in winter nursery (contra).
  • Manage resources with the goal of achieving all breeding goals and effective operation of the program which involves equipment maintenance, inventory and management of contract and seasonal employees.
  • Liaise and support greenhouse and laboratory functions to ensure the integrity of breeding material across functions by assisting technicians with the details of the associated projects as it relates to breeding agronomy activities (planting, harvesting and tissue sampling) as well as ensuring the continuum of material to and from the greenhouse and lab.
  • Support QA/QMS in activities as required by the breeding program.
  • Establish and maintain industry relations to ensure a presence and that BCS is up to date on current industry activities by participating in meetings, establishing contacts with external parties specifically in relation to 3rd party trials and germplasm acquisition.
  • Readily accessible as local and regional specialist on Bayer CropScience and competitive canola products and varieties and best management agronomic practices;
  • Travel in region daily, as needed, with overnight travel often required, as well as international travel at times, approx. 40%. The selected candidate is required to possess the following:
  • B.S. degree in a biological or agricultural science, or related scientific field; degree in Agronomy, specializing in Crop Science preferred. Equivalent experience may be considered but would require 6+ years of experience in lieu of the degree and demonstrated field experience in seed production;
  • Experience/knowledge in plant breeding, genetics, agronomy, botany, pollen flow, genetic purity, conducting research trials using statistical design and analysis;
  • Technical knowledge of crop management practices within the territory and product expertise across the region in plant variety acceptance/performance to provide sales support and direction for future research;
  • Specialized knowledge of variety testing, statistical analysis and experimental design;
  • Breeding and field experience in seed production;
  • General understanding and ability to operate and maintain agricultural production equipment;
  • Analytical and creative skills to identify and take advantage of new business opportunities within the region;
  • Communication and human relations skills necessary to perform the duties of the position, influence decision makers and project a positive Bayer technical image;
  • Ability to work independently as well as contribute to a dynamic team environment;
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to be flexible and modify plans as required, minimizing impact on data and production as situations arise;
  • Organizational, team-oriented, and leadership abilities, and proficient communication, personnel supervision, data collection and management skills;
  • Ability to deliver technical presentations at internal and external professional meetings;
  • Proficient computer skills to analyze data, prepare promotional and training literature, and accomplish written communication tasks;
  • Ability to travel in region daily, as needed, with overnight travel often required, as well as international travel as needed, approx. 40%,
Preferred Qualifications:
  • B.S. degree in Agronomy, specializing in Crop Science;
  • Familiar with GPS/GIS systems;
  • Previous experience in canola research, agronomy, botany or seed production.
Salary and grade level will be commensurate with experience and/or education level.

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